welcome

verb
wel·​come | \ ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce welcome (audio) \
welcomed; welcoming

Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality
2 : to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of welcomes danger

welcome

interjection

Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 4)

used to express a greeting to a guest or newcomer upon arrival

welcome

adjective

Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : received gladly into one's presence or companionship was always welcome in their home
2 : giving pleasure : received with gladness or delight especially in response to a need a welcome relief
3 : willingly permitted or admitted he was welcome to come and go— W. M. Thackeray
4 used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks

welcome

noun

Definition of welcome (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : a greeting or reception usually upon arrival a warm welcome
2 : the state of being welcome overstayed their welcome

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Other Words from welcome

Verb

welcomer noun

Adjective

welcomely adverb
welcomeness noun

Examples of welcome in a Sentence

Verb

She welcomed the students into her home. We welcome you to the show. He's a bright student who welcomes a challenge.

Adjective

That will be a welcome change. He was a welcome sight.

Noun

He was given a hero's welcome when he returned home after winning the race. offered a warm welcome to the stranger
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among those who welcomed members and guests to the Burbank Chamber of Commerce’s August after hours mixer were staff member Mindy Kanaskie, left, and business ambassador Vickie Beckett. David Laurell, Burbank Leader, "On the Town: Chamber holds mixer with beautiful backdrop at DeBell Golf Club," 3 Sep. 2019 Baby Anstead will be the fifth child welcomed into Christina and Ant’s blended family—with both of them already having two children of their own from previous marriages. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Gets Really Honest About the Last Week of Her Pregnancy," 3 Sep. 2019 Despite all that, the vast majority of today’s Muslim thinkers share the modern view that slavery is an absolute evil, whose abolition is to be welcomed. The Economist, "Everywhere in chains," 27 Aug. 2019 The tweet has since amassed 2,000 likes and legions of comments from fans welcoming her back to the Twittersphere. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Jaclyn Hill Just Got Back on Social Media, and There’s Already Backlash," 22 Aug. 2019 The entrance hall of one elegant home features the welcoming image of the fertility god Priapus, weighing his prodigious membrum virile on a scale like a prize-winning zucchini. Chiara Goia, Smithsonian, "The New Treasures of Pompeii," 21 Aug. 2019 Thirty Years Ago La Cañada Unified School District was set to welcome 3,168 students to its campuses for the 1989-90 school year. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: One Hit Wonder captures 1999 battle of the bands," 19 Aug. 2019 This summer, Dance Moms fans welcomed back the dramatic show after a nearly two-year hiatus which was caused, in part, byAbby Lee Miller's prison sentence. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Why Did ‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Go To Prison? Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2019 Benham began working as soon as the architectural planning was underway, offering suggestions and changes, which were welcomed. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Luxe Lincoln Park Home that Sacrifices Nothing," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection

Welcome, Baskets and Better Things and One Mississippi and now The Cops [all from C.K.'s production company] and more to come. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "FX Chief John Landgraf Talks 'Peak TV,' 'Louie' Future and Netflix: It's "Shoveling Money"," 25 May 2017 Her presence in the race adds new dimensions to the conversation, and that’s welcome. Pioneer Press Editorial Board, Twin Cities, "Conversing with St. Paul mayoral candidates: Elizabeth Dickinson," 22 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10. 10/10: Rinse and repeat of sunny and dry are even more welcome with a few gray days ahead! Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Bright and cheery today; turning gray and gloomy tomorrow," 27 Aug. 2017 On tour, though, care of Lövik often falls to Irina, which can be a welcome distraction for her during Sascha’s matches. Longreads, "Family Band," 22 Aug. 2017 Cars like the Elantra, then, are a welcome respite for those of us who actually like to drive, who like the feeling of controlling the machine. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The Manual Car Is About More Than Shifting Gears," 19 Aug. 2017 The couple made a welcome toast, thanking their guests for sharing in the weekend– Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll's Mountain-Top Wedding in Montana," 16 Aug. 2017 Conductor Lisa LeMay’s 17-strong orchestra handles the various musical flavors well, and there’s lots of drama and surprise to the lighting design by David Cuthbert, a welcome San Diego returnee. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Rep revival lends heart to tuneful but cynical 'Evita'," 10 Aug. 2017 In this salad, the saltiness of the cod and the tang of the cheese bring a welcome punch. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "3 Timeless French Recipes From France's Most Admired Chefs," 9 Aug. 2017 After the welcome bubbles, guests will learn the art of creating the perfect champagne cocktail(s) with the property's resident bartender. Micaela English, Town & Country, "This Charming Maine Inn Has An Entire Weekend Dedicated To Champagne," 7 Aug. 2017 Residents who would like to host a gathering are also welcome to do so since several areas do not have a block captain. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "National Night Out events planned for Tuesday," 27 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, help your child develop resilience, show love and support and respect at home, and encourage friendships and activities where your child feels welcome. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to talk to your kids about weight," 8 Sep. 2019 RB Leonard Fournette wears out his welcome and is benched at some point for rookie Ryquell Armstead. Dr. Roto, SI.com, "Fantasy Predictions for All 32 Teams Entering the 2019 Season," 2 Sep. 2019 The riverfront is a vibrant gathering place where everyone feels welcome and where everyone feels proud to be from Detroit. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "What's the biggest change at this summer literacy series? The riverfront," 17 Aug. 2019 The couple belonged to the United Methodist Church in Tonga and immediately felt welcome by the fellowship at the Tongan United Methodist Church in Euless. Dallas News, "'Texas in my heart': Aging Tongans still call Euless home," 6 June 2019 Moody Performance Hall concertgoers Sunday afternoon got an especially warm welcome. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Clarinet trio shines in opening concert at Dallas’ Basically Beethoven Festival," 12 July 2019 World Cup soccer champs to get hero's welcome in NYC The United States women's national team will get a ticker-tape parade up lower Manhattan on Wednesday in honor of their record-breaking World Cup win. Editors, USA TODAY, "Team USA celebrates World Cup title, Volkswagen Beetle, ESPY Awards: 5 things to know Wednesday," 10 July 2019 Thank you everyone for your warm welcome and support!!! Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Alexei From "Stranger Things” Season 3?," 9 July 2019 But more niche electric transport modes like electric unicycles have also gotten a hearty welcome here. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Fentanyl epidemic worsens in San Francisco," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of welcome

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Interjection

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for welcome

Verb

Middle English, from Old English welcumian, wylcumian, from wilcuma, noun

Interjection

Middle English, alteration of wilcume, from Old English, from wilcuma desirable guest (akin to Old High German willicomo desirable guest); akin to Old English willa, will desire, cuman to come — more at will, come

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Dictionary Entries near welcome

Welch

welchman

welch plug

welcome

welcome home

welcome mat

weld

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The first known use of welcome was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for welcome

welcome

verb

English Language Learners Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner
: to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure

welcome

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 4)

used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place

welcome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 4)

: giving someone happiness or pleasure
used to say that you are happy to have someone come to and stay in a place (such as your home)
used to say that someone can have or take something because you do not want it yourself + to

welcome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 4 of 4)

: the way in which someone is greeted

welcome

verb
wel·​come | \ ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce welcome (audio) \
welcomed; welcoming

Kids Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to greet with friendship or courtesy
2 : to receive or accept with pleasure We welcomed the opportunity to travel.

welcome

adjective

Kids Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : greeted or received gladly a welcome rain Visitors are welcome.
2 : giving pleasure : pleasing a welcome sight
3 : willingly permitted to do, have, or enjoy something You're welcome to come along.
4 used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks

welcome

noun

Kids Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 3)

: a friendly greeting

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